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"After all this wasted rain, just got a flicker of the sun. It scared me."

As the band's first new record release since 2014, Alibi will begin a series of three interconnected EPs that serves as the debut for a new lineup. Drummer Matthew Lauritsen, bassist Matt Heymann, and keyboardist Ryan Deeter join frontman/songwriter Steven Kaiser to bring forth the band's self-proclaimed atomic rock. Recorded at Mission Sound and Sandbox Studios in Brooklyn with engineer Bob Mallory, the EP unravels around Kaiser's involvement in a drawn-out affair that began during the recording of Mice and ended shortly before he began working with Lauritsen on the tracks that would become Alibi. The music dances and sways through cycles of intimacy, confusion, and estrangement. Drummer Bryan Garbe (Oak and Ash) and vocalist Chloe Swopshire make guest appearances on the second half of the EP.

"After Mice, my life seemed to be headed in a different direction and I felt that I'd reached the end of the project in its 'bedroom' form," says Kaiser. "But Children Having Children essentially exists as the outlet for things I can't say any other way, so when I found myself at an unexpected dead end in my personal life without the ability to convey and make peace with the experience verbally, I needed something to get me over the wall. The songs once again did the job, showing me a way out and leading me to meet Matthew at an integral moment. Our intersection opened up the gates for a bigger, more powerful version of the band. He was the perfect partner to bring me back into the trenches."

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released February 16, 2018

CHILDREN HAVING CHILDREN:
Ryan Deeter / Matt Heymann / Steven Kaiser / Matthew Lauritsen

SPECIAL GUESTS:
Bryan Garbe (drums on Hide)
Chloe Swosphire (vocals on A Different Kind)

MUSIC & LYRICS by Steven Kaiser (BMI) © 2018

PRODUCED & MIXED by Steven Kaiser
ENGINEERED by Bob Mallory & Steven Kaiser
ASSISTANT ENGINEERED by Dylan Herman
MASTERED by Billy Joe Bowers

COVER PHOTO by David A. Palatsi

Recorded at Mission Sound & Sandbox Studios in Brooklyn

A million thanks to David, Bryan, Bob, Chloe, Dylan, Billy, Hailey, Face, James, Reed, Robi, J.P., Evan, Matthew, Kara, Jenny, Jessica, Brent, Stephen, Autumn, Brandi, Lisa, Ricardo, Nara, Rowan, Elijah, Shannon, Adriana, Catie Stickels, Chelsea Moore, Sebastian Rogers, Adam Borchardt, our amazing families for understanding & supporting this bad habit, and you (especially you) for making it possible.

℗ & © Steven Kaiser 2018

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Children Having Children Brooklyn, New York

Steeped in equal parts rock, alternative, and post-everything, then stirred with orchestral ambitions and sweetened with noise, CHC likes to do as they please in an attempt to pay homage to the legacy of great songwriting.

Their debut album Mice is out now following two critically-inflamed EPs.

THE BAND:
Guitar/Vocals: Steven Kaiser
Drums: Matthew Lauritsen
Keys: Ryan Deeter
Bass: Matt Heymann.
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Track Name: Checkerboard Red
After all this wasted rain
Just got a flicker of the sun
It scared me
We rarely get to end what we've begun

The torments of my faith are gone for good
But I'm eager to trust the flame and fallout
From your pain and lust
I've shaken off the cobwebs
And we've painted over all the rust

We're here at last without the past

Come on baby
Take these cardboard boxes
Wake your fears
Today we unpack our belongings
Spread so thin over the years
You're insisting that space is a compatriot
But time is still your enemy

The hours, the stars
You are

I say we ride that wave until it ends
It's alright to bend away from heaven
Just acquaint my shadow with the light
You were
You are
Track Name: Anywhere There's Water
Comfort the faithful
Because they've got nothing now
Second to none
There's grace in the gravel
Felt like a fortune
But the groveling's done
A sideways companion
Still sacrificial
i walked where you ran
Where you run

There comes a point that I can't preach
Becomes a point that I can't reach
Do me another favor, skip the speech
My haven becomes the point that I can't reach by dark

Call me ungrateful
Though I want nothing but
Someone to fuck and to flood
Who's left to bury me once the city sleeps?
Swept underneath my rug
Anywhere there's water I'll be making mud
Pushing my luck
My bad blood

Could you ask again when it's too late?
Much better to ask me when I'm half-awake
Once it looks like we would have to wait forever
And there's no room to separate
Could you ask again when it's too late?

To dine alone in the dark
In the black of my heart
Begging you to be fooled
Straining to be apart

Wake me unfaithful
Once I've got something new
When push comes to shove…shove
I'll tell you one thing
And then I'll show you two
Take me to task
Call my bluff

There comes a point that I can't take the freedom
Becomes a point that I can't make
Anywhere there's water I just take the bait…believe it
The only prisoner at the gate who freezes

Forage forever but I need nothing now
Nothing but love
Track Name: Hide
Without my gloves to numb
Your hands to what we've done
You'll hesitate
But don't be afraid to run

You're in my blood
Pretty little litterbug
With my experience
And your debris
You tried to hide it from me

Well of course I'll miss you kid
Of course I'll miss your lips
Don't blame the circumstance
We're never worth the risk

I got off
You never came back
You never came back to bed
In touch
With all that we lack
The villains inside my head
Still miss your violence
If you supply the victim
I'll create the need
Don't try to hide it from me

Well of course I'll miss you kid
Of course I'll miss your lips
Don't blame the circumstance
We're never worth the risk

The very least you could do
And the very best I can be
Your debris
I tried to hide it from you
Your debris
Don't try to hide it from me
There's no need
Pretty little litterbug
Reassured and reviled
We're never worth the risk
Track Name: A Different Kind
It’s not hard to remember
But it’s easier to forget
This steep surrender
Lifts us so easily
Like a sunrise
Is that why I defend her
From the shadow contingencies
’Til I’m part of her plan?

It’s not hard to remember
The reason I fall for the
Wildfire of her ability
To change my mind
I’m not immune
A riddle by design
She’s a creature of a different kind

She stops me cold
And when we bathe in flame
Her lips remind me this is not the same
She’s a creature of a different kind

I’ll never know why she puts so much faith in me
All the mazes led us here today and finally crossed
It’s not hard to remember
But it’s easier to forget
She's a creature of a different kind

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